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Al-Azhar includes women in public discussion of harassment, rights

For the first time, Al-Azhar’s newspaper published the photos of unveiled women on the front page of an edition devoted to women's issues.
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CAIRO — The Sept. 5 front page of Sawt al-Azhar, the official newspaper of Egypt's Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, featured several women, some of them unveiled, discussing sexual harassment. The unprecedented publication was a shock to both religious and social circles but was widely welcomed by human rights and women's rights activists.

“This is amazing. I did not expect them to publish my photo. I was asked to give comments on Al-Azhar’s role vis-à-vis women and recommendations to this effect. All my comments were unedited and published in the article. I am really astonished,” Azza Soliman, head of the Centre for Egyptian Women Legal Assistance, told Al-Monitor.

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